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World Taekwondo Grand Prix: Only Gold In Manchester Will Do For World Champ Walkden

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Bianca Walkden may well have achieved a childhood dream when she claimed a world title back in May, but Liverpool’s taekwondo starlet insists the job is only half done with the Rio Olympics just around the corner.

The 24-year-old became only the second Briton to win a gold medal at the World Taekwondo Championships when she beat France’s Gwladys Épangue in the final of the +73kg category in Russia earlier this year.

The triumph was huge for Walkden – who now trains at the GB Taekwondo Academy in Manchester – who showed she had fully shaken off the effects of an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained towards the end of last year.

And after also striking European Championship gold in 2014, the starlet looks on track to book her spot on the plane to Rio by the end of the year after missing out on selection for the London Olympics in 2012.

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